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about

This album is about finding the positivity in life, and living in the moment.

An album about living in the moment and being grateful. Inspired by a spiritual journey I've been on for the last several months. This journey helped save me from an existential crisis that threatened my mental health. We all only have one moment.
-Evan Swope

Making this album was a good thing for me, as in 2016 I made mostly darker music, it was good to take a lighter mood this time. It has some songs that are deeply personal, and others that are just thought processes. It felt good to take a lighter tone and remind myself of some of the goodness there is, as often I get too caught up in life to notice it.
-Fourteen Days

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released April 2, 2017

-Songs written by Fourteen Days
Over Reaction
Wasting Away
Constant Motion
You Are Able
Good Driver
Forward
Reverse

-Songs written by Evan Swope
Free Me
A Baby Step in the Right Direction
Deep Breathing
Moment to Moment Awareness
State of Mind
Unconditional
Fear is False
Betterment

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Fourteen Days California

Fourteen Days is a Artist/Label that delves into many genres.

As an artist, he makes anything from ambient soundscapes, to electronica, to experimental noise concept albums. He also is the lead in the band TV is Neat, which focuses on telling stories with compelling music holding it up.

As a label, Fourteen Days produces anything from worship, to noise rock, to A Capella.
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Track Name: Free Me
Where am I
I don’t know any of these people
They’re all staring at me
I’m so confused
What am I doing here

Walking through the library
It’s dark outside
I feel so afraid
My life has no direction
What am I doing here

I’ll just throw everything away
Go back to square one
Maybe I’ll find some answers there
I don’t know
What am I doing here

Sitting on the bench
It’s so dark outside
Everyone’s looking at me
I just know it
Where do I go from here

Maybe there’s a way
To free myself
From this self-constructed prison
What do I have to lose
Anything’s better than here
Track Name: Overreaction
Where not close friends
and i dont know you that well
but it doesnt seem to me
that you are doing alright

where you crying
or wanting to cry
i did nothing
i dont know why

where not close friends
and they know you better
im just overreacting
im just overreacting
Track Name: A Baby Step in the Right Direction
I took a
Baby step
In the right direction

I took a
Baby step
Towards a greater good

I took a
Baby step
To a better future

I walked in that office
You smiled at me
Looked like you were
Happy to see me

I was wearing that shirt
That I feel awkward in
But I didn’t feel
Awkward then

I felt a slow sense
Of encouragement
Coursing through my veins
Filling me with confidence

I saw you
At the crosswalk
And I told you
That things were looking up

And it was all uphill from there
Track Name: Constant Motion
I can't be weighed down
its a gift and a curse
i need constant motion
i need constant motion

i cant just wait
i need to progress
i need new directions
i need new directions

I cant look back
with a nostalgic view
i need present motives
i need present motives

but i can trust
with all i have
i will always follow
i will always follow

guide me
guide me
guide me
and i will lead
Track Name: Moment to Moment Awareness
We only have
Moments to live
We only have
One moment

There is no past
There is no future
There is only one
Reality

Forgive yourself,
And move on
Nothing can change the past

Every moment
Is a gift
Filled with opportunity

You can start over
With every millisecond
Every moment offers
A second chance

A chance to be better
Dream bigger
Love freer
Smile wider
Sing louder
And
Dream bigger
Love freer
Smile wider
Sing louder
Track Name: Wasting Away
I know
that I need
to take things slower
i have
forgot to
enjoy the moment
i sleep
in too late
and miss the morning
how i
need to change
my wasting ways
Track Name: State of Mind
Nothing’s changed
Nothing’s changed
Nothing’s changed
Except your state of mind

Everything’s the same
Nobody’s turned on you
Your mind can’t control the world
Unless you give it that power

Your biochemistry
Has merely shifted
Nothing else has changed
Nothing else has changed

Free yourself from your mind
You are not your thoughts
Control your brain
Don’t let it control you

Everything’s okay
Nothing has changed
Nothing has changed
Except your state of mind
Track Name: Unconditional
Sometimes I feel
Echoes of unconditional love
Stirring within me

I know that we’re
Only human
And incapable of perfect love

But I want
More than anything else
To cultivate those echoes

Turn the echoes into whispers
The whispers into shouts
And shout aloud to the world

I remember
All the times
Where I placed limitations
On my love
And I get angry with myself
But guess what
Every single moment
Offers a new chance
A new outlet for those echoes
To spread through your heart
And bring you
Closer to divine love
Regret
Doesn’t solve anything
Regret begets regret
But forgiveness breeds love
Track Name: You Are Able
I dont need to think back to see that I am blessed
I just need to look around
a fixed vision leaves me sore
and leaves me unaware to what is around

so i need to fix it
but i know im incapable.
i lean not on myself
but the one who is able

so i give up my past
my wounds
and my best
i give up my future
its in your control
i give up my now
i give up my all
Track Name: Good Driver
GOOD DRIVER

KNOWS WHAT IS BEHIND HIM
LOOKING OUT FOR WHAT IS BESIDE HIM
ANTICIPATING WHAT IS AHEAD
BUT AWARE THAT IT MAY CHANGE

HE CHECKS TO SEE IF HE IS SAFE
AND MAKES OTHERS FEEL THE SAME
HE DOESNT FORCE A CORRECTION
HE WAITS FOR THE NEXT CHANCE
Track Name: Betterment
There is always
Room for improvement
We can always hope for more
A better self, a brighter outlook
Life is not a hopeless war

I realized
That I do not have to be
Stuck in a cycle
Of negativity

That I can break free
Of the limitations
That hold me back
And cause me frustration

When I was driving home
From the gym
I felt God’s presence
I truly felt him

I realized what’s worth fighting for
The greatest good we can attain
A life without shackles and prison bars
A life not defined by pain

God is peace
God is peace
God is peace
God is peace

A life lived intentionally
from moment to moment
A life where love
Is easy to foment

God is here
God is here
God is here
God is here

A life of acceptance
And freedom from fear
A life where we want to be
Nowhere else than right here

God is love
God is love
God is love
God is love